Breaking: ICC President Eboe-Osuji Cannot Bring Biafra, Can Judge Cases But Not Prosecute

With the appointment of Justice Eboe Osuji as the President of the International Criminal Court (congratulations once again,Sir), there have been unrealistic hopes by pro Biafran independence agitators that he will bring about the emergence of Biafra, while prosecuting enemies of IPOB.

But Zikist Movement found out that the ICC president has to remain more or less neutral during investigations, while the it is someone else, the Prosecutor, who will determine if there will be a prosecution or not.

According to the ICC website, According to the ICC website, the Presidency “Conducts external relations with States (including Nigeria), coordinates judicial matters such as assigning judges, situations and cases to divisions, and oversees the Registry’s administrative work,” while the office of the proaecutor “Conducts preliminary examinations, investigations, and prosecutions”

So, it is not the ICC President that prosecutes cases, even though he may have some influence if Consulted Informally by the powers that make such decision. He has no power to recommend the independence of any place. He can also stay on in his post indefinitely.

It is the Prosecutor, presently Mr Ocampo who decides on prosecutions not the president. Read below to see how ICC prosecutions work.

Ten key facts about how the ICC prosecutes cases

Further to the Key Features listed above, here are some of the basics you may want to know:


The ICC does not prosecute those under the age of 18 when a crime was committed.


Before the Prosecutor can investigate, she must conduct a preliminary examination considering such matters as sufficient evidence, jurisdiction, gravity, complementarity, and the interests of justice.


When investigating, the Prosecutor must collect and disclose both incriminating and exonerating evidence.


The defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof lies with the Prosecutor.


During all stages of proceedings (Pre-Trial, Trial and Appeals), the defendant has the right to information in a language he or she fully understands, thus the ICC proceedings are conducted in multiple languages, with teams of interpreters and translators at work.


Pre-Trial judges issue warrants of arrest and ensure there is enough evidence before a case can go to trial.


Before a case is committed to trial (during the Pre-Trial phase), the defendant is referred to as a suspect. Once the case is committed to trial, since at that point the charges have been confirmed, the defendant is referred to as the accused.


Trial judges hear the evidence from the Prosecutor, Defence, and the Victims’ lawyers, render a verdict, and if a person is found guilty, the sentence and decision on reparations.


Appeals judges render decisions on appeals from the Prosecutor or Defence.


If a case is closed without a verdict of guilt, it can be reopened if the Prosecutor presents new evidence.

By OzoIgboNdu1 of Igbo Defender

I am an Igbo prince. Onye Igbo ka m bu!

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